50 Essential Albums of 1967

From the Doors' debut to Aretha Franklin's first smash

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The Bee Gees, 'Bee Gees' 1st'
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The Bee Gees, 'Bee Gees' 1st'

In August 1967, into a pop world totally besotted by Sgt. Pepper, was born a pop album mostly indebted to Revolver riding a rather literary hit called "New York Mining Disaster 1941" and addressed to a "Mr. Jones" who couldn't have been Bob Dylan's, right? The perpetrators were Manchester-born Australians returned to a U.K. where Robert Stigwood would eventually transform them into world-historic disco pop-up dolls and stars of the 1978 cinematic megaflop Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. But here they gave the world, among other sweetmeats, the soul standard "To Love Somebody" and an opener set in a 1900 equipped with a town crier and Robin Gibb's quaver. A tuneful hoot.

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